Donald Lee Hotz
Sep 20, 1951 - Mar 16, 2019
Doanld was born in Cleveland,Ohio to Marilyn and Larry Hotz. While he was growing up, he
lived across the United States, from Washington to Massachusetts, from Ohio to Tennessee.
Donald enlisted in the Air Force when he was 19. His first active duty station was in Orlando,
Florida, where he met his wife Pamela Davidson. They were married in Inverness, Florida on
October 21, 1972. After their honeymoon, Donald was sent to Aviano, Italy for two years. Pam
was lucky enough to accompany him. After this assignment, Donald left the Air Force for civilian life.
Life took them to Oklahoma and then to Sacramento, California, where they settled down and
had a family. Melissa was born on September 7, 1978, followed by Melinda on August 5, 1982.
Donald spent his career in the automotive industry. He worked at several dealerships before
settling at Winter Volvo Lincoln Mercury. He retired as the Quality Control Manager after
working his way up from lot boy.
Fishing was one of Donald’s favorite hobbies. He loved spending the weekend on his boat in the Delta, fishing for sturgeon. He entered many years and finally won the Rio Vista Sturgeon Derby. Donald enjoyed spending hours scattering basketball cards with our neighbor John Simi. He also loved riding his motorcycle with friends.
One of his lifelong memories was the vacation with family camping and going to the Grand
Canyon. He bonded with his brother-in-law Lou DiJiacomo over early morning coffee and
Donald is survived by his wife, Pam; his daughters Melissa Keys and Melinda Cooper; his
grandson Marcus Fowler Jr., his wife Olivia and two great granddaughters Amani and Aeomi;
granddaughters Alyssah Hampton and Madisyn Keys; grandsons Javion Cooper, Jaden
Cooper, Julian Dorris and granddaughter Jaya Cooper. He is also survived by his sisters
Jenifer Cervantes, her children Valerie, Maren, Bryan and Janelle; Joelle Dragheim, her
husband Christian and daughter Juliet; 11 nieces and nephews; and his many “family” members who have surrounded him with love.